BMC to keep check on dialysis centres
In an attempt to keep a tab on charitable dialysis centres, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to form a special monitoring committee, which will visit and examine these centres.
In order to provide economical medical services to dialysis patients, the civic body decided to open charitable dialysis centres across the city on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis. The BMC will provide plots to private trusts and medical institutes to set up these centres, which will be
run on lease by private medical trusts and institutes.
The BMC has started five such centres
across the city and another 13 are in offing. Dialysis treatment is offered at a nominal fee of `200 to 350 at these centres against the prevalent rates of above `2,000 in private clinics.
“Though dialysis treatment is offered at reasonable rates at these centres, there are chances that patients may be duped in the future. Hence a special monitoring committee consisting of civic
health officials will be formed to keep watch
on these centres. These officials will visit the centres every month to ensure patients are given proper treatment,” said Santosh Muzumdar, executive engineer of the Public Private Participation Promotion Department.
According to the civic officials, if the trusts are found charging higher fees from patients, their agreement can be revoked after serving a notice.
“As these centres have started receiving good response from charitable dialysis centres, the private centres have been compelled to slash their rates,” claimed Mr Muzumdar.
Dialysis is a medical process needed by kidney patients if their kidneys can’t function properly.
Through this process, the blood in
the body is cleansed of toxins, a function that normally the kidneys would perform.